The garden is a Memorial Garden, a garden of benevolence, a garden of love. It is a gift to our community from the God of Love, Jesus the Christ. The first “seeds” for our garden have come from members of the congregation and a designation from the congregation’s memorial funds. These seeds have brought us to the beginning of a journey that will last for many years. Guided by the Holy Spirit we will plow forth until row upon row of our work is accomplished and our community is better nourished. The Lord invites you all to be part of His work on earth strengthening and feeding His children. The garden is made possible by generous donations from the community, and grants from the Alaska Food Policy Council through the Municipality of Anchorage, the Alaska Women's Giving Circle, generous support by the congregation of Lutheran Church of Hope, and support from the Alaska Synod of the ELCA.

Food from the garden in 2018 was sent to Lutheran Social Services Food Pantry, the Tudor Road Gospel Rescue Mission, and to Bean's Cafe.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Pepper update 2/2

Ready to Transplant
Potting Soil
The peppers are still growing. They haven't really made much height change over the past few weeks but they have gotten quite a few more leaves. Some of them are losing their cotyledons. The roots in the 2.5 in squares were getting pretty dense but would not at all say they were getting root bound. I thought giving them a little more room might make them grow better. I think the room needs to be warmer and that would do the trick. The temperature this morning in the room was 65° F. Probably it's still a little cool for peppers. As we start to get more sun through the south facing window that might warm things up a little. Will have to close the door during the day and make sure it is open at night. The plants are not getting spindly so I at least know they are getting enough light.The stalks look quite stout for the size of the plants. I am pretty sure I won't have any peppers in March unless things change drastically during the next month.

All Done
I used a potting soil mix I had left over from last year. I purchased the soil at Dimond Greenhouses and it seemed to work well last spring. Any potting soil should work just fine for the transplant. I was quite surprised by the small amount of soil needed to repot the peppers. Of course going from 2.5 inch to 4 inch isn't such a great leap.

"Root Ball"
If  you happened to have dug some soil from your garden last fall to use for transplanting, I wouldn't use it. You have the opportunity to introduce creatures from the garden into your house. I 'm sure most wouldn't be a problem. However, I don't think you want to introduce aphids or slugs into your household. And I'm quite sure there are other things you house plants would tolerate very well but don't cause a problem in the garden. But again it's just a suggestion. You certainly can use whatever soil you would like. Be cautious is all that I'm saying.

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